Chris Jones - Rise Up!: Broadway and American Society from 'Angels in America' to 'Hamilton'

Chris Jones, the chief theater critic and Sunday culture columnist of the Chicago Tribune, will discuss and sign copies of his new book, Rise Up!: Broadway and American Society from 'Angels in America' to 'Hamilton' at a University Club luncheon. This is a ticketed event. For more information or to make your reservation, please call The Book Stall at 847-446-8880.  

Can't make it to the event? Call us at 847-446-8880 and we are happy to arrange to get an autographed copy of Rise Up! for you! 

Penned by one of America's best-known daily theatre critics and organized chronologically, this lively and readable book tells the story of Broadway's renaissance from the darkest days of the AIDS crisis, via the disaster that was Spiderman: Turn off the Dark through the unparalleled financial, artistic and political success of Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton.

It is the story of the embrace of risk and substance. In so doing, Chris Jones makes the point that the theatre thrived by finally figuring out how to embrace the bold statement and insert itself into the national conversation - only to find out in 2016 that a hefty sector of the American public had not been listening to what it had to say.

Chris Jones was in the theatres when and where it mattered. He takes readers from the moment when Tony Kushner's angel crashed (quite literally) through the ceiling of prejudice and religious intolerance to the triumph of Hamilton, with the coda of the Broadway cast addressing a new Republican vice-president from the stage. That complex performance - at once indicative of the theatre's new clout and its inability to fully change American society for the better - is the final scene of the book.

"There is much to be praised, and so often the details are beautifully stated in the author's clean, accessible voice ... Jones' prowess as a critic is on great display here; shows you've never seen come startlingly alive on the page, their essence boiled down, their heart and soul expertly explained. What shines through most is Jones as a giddy chronicler of ideas and a lover of the theater, eager to draw the line from his own knowledge of the art form to what is happening offstage." - Third Coast Review

Chris Jones is the longtime chief theater critic and Sunday culture columnist of the Chicago Tribune, where he has been on staff since 2002. Throughout the 1990s, he covered Broadway and its tours for Variety. He is author of Bigger, Brighter, Louder: 150 Years of Chicago Theater (2013) and his work has appeared often in the New York TimesWashington PostLos Angeles Times, and many other publications. Jones read Drama at the University of Hull, UK, and has a PhD from The Ohio State University. In 2011, Jones was named by American Theater magazine as one of the most influential theater critics in America. In 2014, he became the director of the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's National Critics Institute in Waterford, Connecticut. Jones is a winner of the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism, the most prestigious honour for drama critics in the United States.

Please note: The Club adheres to a no denim and no athletic wear dress code at this particular event. If you are bringing a guest please make sure to share this policy with them.

Event date: 

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:15pm

Event address: 

The University Club of Chicago
76 E. Monroe
Chicago, IL 60603
Rise Up!: Broadway and American Society from 'angels in America' to 'hamilton' Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781350071933
Availability: On Our Shelves Now....best to call before coming in to pick up.
Published: Methuen Drama - November 15th, 2018

Penned by one of America's best-known daily theatre critics and organized chronologically, this lively and readable book tells the story of Broadway's renaissance from the darkest days of the AIDS crisis, via the disaster that was Spiderman: Turn off the Dark through the unparalleled financial, artistic and political success of Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton.